• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 206

    A Porcelain Figure of an Ainu Woman


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    A Porcelain Figure of an Ainu Woman
    By the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, circa 1910
    Realistically modelled and painted in traditional costume, after the model by P. Kamenskii, inscribed on base in Cyrillic 'P. Kamenskii 1910' and under base with Cyrillic modeller's initials 'IZ'
    14¼ in. (36.2 cm.) high

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    Beginning in the late 18th century, the Imperial Porcelain Factory produced several series of figures depicting the peoples of the Russian empire in their native costume. The present lot belongs to the last such series, begun in 1907 by the sculptor Pavel Kamenskii (1858-1923). Working from models in the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography and the Department of Ethnography of the Russian Museum, Kamenskii strove to depict his subjects with the utmost accuracy. The present lot portrays a woman of the Ainu people, who inhabited Sakhalin and the Kurile islands. For another example of this model, see T. Nosovich and N. Popova, The State Porcelain Factory 1904-1944, St. Petersburg, 2005, p. 138, illustrated.